Urban ecosystem services

Jakub Kronenberg

The benefits provided by nature to society and the economy are termed ecosystem services. It is a novel approach that links the economy, society and environment and shows that nature conservation is based on solid economic principles. The scope of benefits derived from the environment (from supplying us with basic goods, regulating our surroundings and meeting our cultural needs, to providing us with habitat) demonstrates just how rudimentary our dependence on the well-being of the environment is. Trees are an element of urban ecosystems that illustrate these dependencies particularly well, while at the same time being highly familiar to urban residents and extensively studied in the topic of interest.

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